KJV 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another;
as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye
are my disciples, if ye have
love one to another. KJV
NAS 34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another,
even as I have loved
you, that you also love one another. 35 " By this all men will know
that you are My disciples, if
you have love for one another." NAS
HCSB 34 "I give you a new commandment: love one another. Just as I
have loved you, you must
also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My
disciples, if you have love
for one another." HCSB
I sensed the leading of the Lord to affirm our church in it's
expressions of love, and to Preach
this sermon as I studied early Tuesday Morning. Wednesday afternoon I
opened this weeks
article posted on Baptist Press, and the President of the Convention
Seldom does a day go by
that I do not receive a call for help from either a church, a pastor or
staff member. Recently
I received three in one day. And, there seems to be a new way to deal
with church conflict. These days, increasing
numbers of church members launch websites detailing allegations,
accusations and complaints. I ask church members
this question: Do you think lost people see this? When newspaper
reporters are called and church conflict becomes
known in the newspaper, either locally or nationally, what do you think
this does when lost people read it? For
Christ's sake, for the sake of the lost, stop!
Personal attacks are on
the rise. Phone calls, e-mails, and hallway conversations continue to
take place with the
bottom line being character assassination. For Christ's sake, stop!
1) We must beg God for
forgiveness. We have spoken ill of brothers and sisters of Christ in
ways that should never
2) We must pledge to
avoid personal attacks in the future and not to support an activity or
conversation in which this
3) We must learn to
disagree using the biblical mandates in Matthew 18, Ephesians 4:15,
etc. Most church problems
and convention problems could have been overcome if we would have
followed these biblical mandates.
4) We must learn to
listen to one another. This applies to all of us. It is time for
leaders, trustees, pastors and people
in the pew to listen to the concerns of others, even those with whom we
have serious disagreement.
As I Said I will tell
you when to do this.
Not only did Jesus
Christ give the commandment, but He demonstrated it.
John 13:3-5 says, "Jesus
knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that
was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid
aside His garments; and
took a towel, and girded Himself. After that He poureth water into a
basin, and began to wash the
disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was
girded. Jesus, the great
Teacher, was the great example-giver, in showing us how to love.
Jesus said, A new
commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved
you. If He, your Lord and Master, has washed your feet, then you ought
to wash one another's feet.
That person, who has done you wrong, needs you to wash his feet.
The Words New, and Love:
are unique in this context.
A. We Are To
Love In The Best Example Of . . Family.
1. Honest With One Another.
2. Helpful To One Another.
Now, unknown to any of
these students, the teacher had arranged with three students from the
to meet them along the way, acting as people in great need: the first
one they met covered his head with his hands
and moaned out loud as though in great pain; the second, a little bit
further along the way, was on some steps lying
face down as if unconscious; the third, on the very steps of the
destination, acted out an epileptic seizure. You know
what the ethics professor discovered? Not one of the first group
stopped, two of the second group stopped, and all
five of the third group stopped.
You know what this tells
me? When we are too busy, with tight schedules and impossible
deadlines, there is no time
for love. I am willing to bet that the Good Samaritan was not in a
hurry. What we all need to do is to slow down, to
take life a bit easier, so that we have time for love and care and
are commanded to love one another
Jesus was saying, My
love is a sanctifying love. I am willing to forgive you. Peter didn't
understand this, but Jesus said, You will later, Peter. And when Peter
cursed, swore, and denied
Christ; do you know what Jesus did for him spiritually? He washed his
feet; forgave, restored,
renewed, and refreshed him. That's the kind of love that Jesus has.
Jesus wants to wash your
feet. He wants to forgive you, restore you, and refresh you. He loves
you that much. And, if you
have received the love of Christ, then you should love as He loves.
Find somebody that needs
that love and give it to them.
Illustration Dottie Rambo wrote:
He left the splendor of heaven, Knowing His destiny,
the lonely hill of Golgotha, There to lay down His life for me.
If that isn't love; The ocean is dry, There's no stars in the sky,
the sparrows can't fly.
If that isn't love; Then heaven's a myth,
There's no feeling like this,
If that isn't love!Application
Love To Us.
3. The Nature Of A . . Loving Church. 13:35
The two where dating and
their relationship was quite serious. However, Christ got a hold of
their hearts and started
to change them. During that time they became pregnant. The couple was
very scared about what the class would do. They have come to love the
fellowship and didn't want to lose it. One night during a Bible study
with the class they
confessed their sin and their condition before the class. The Holy
Spirit moved greatly and the class as a hole
embraced them and Prayed for them.
Since that time the
class has keep them feed, help with the twins and bought them a van,
just to name a few things.
God's church is alive
and well in Florida too. All I did through this is pray and teach the
word. God's Spirit moved
through their hearts to lead them to action. Not one idea came from my
head or lips. It is all God!
Please exult your
church! The bond is real, all the way to Florida.
John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." So in 1 John 3:16 it is said that "we ought also to lay down our lives for the brethren."